Sunday, October 31, 2010

Last workshop of 2010!

We have one last workshop scheduled for 2010 on November 28th! Over the course of the 1-day, introduction to letterpress workshop you'll learn to set lead type, print from plates, mix ink, trim paper on an antique gillotine cutter, and of course, operate the 100-year-old press.

During the workshop you'll create a set of 12 greeting cards with your very own hand-set credit on the back. How you use them is up to you – mail them out to your friends and family or package them up into sets and give them as gifts!

These workshops have been filling up fast so to avoid disappointment, please visit the Modus website today for information on how to guarantee your spot!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ellen's Frightened Writer!

Recently, Ellen sent her writer, Amy, through a scary Hallowe'en maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. This is seriously one of the funniest videos I've ever seen! Thanks for making us laugh, Ellen!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Invitation Buzz

To celebrate the Hallowe'en season, our friends at Invitation Buzz out of Maine assembled a "Fabulous Lineup" of black cats and ours made the cut! Check out their blog for all things stationery.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Workshop Review from Edmonton

If you've been considering taking one of our workshops, you may want to have a peek at Melissa from Wedding Obsession's review of the September workshop. Here's a snippet: "Sure, people question why we’re turning to an ‘old’ and ‘ancient’ way of printing, but it’s so thrilling to see the final product and the steps that went into it." Click here for her full entry.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Call for Entry

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada British Columbia Chapter and proud sponsor, Hemlock Printers, established the Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design to honour Jim Rimmer, a local industry icon and pivotal influence in Canadian letterpress and private press.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to two students, or student groups, who demonstrate the use of design thinking to benefit their community and effectively communicate a message, affect action and promote change. Invited to apply are students as individuals or in groups who are currently enrolled in an accredited design program or have graduated within the past year from a post-secondary institution within British Columbia.

Deadline for application: November 8, 2010
For more information, visit the GDC/BC website.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Coffee & Letterpress

On a recent trip to Chicago, we discovered this fantastic coffee bar on our way to visit the Chicago Museum of Art. Our first clue that Intelligentsia had great coffee? No free seating at 8 o'clock on a Saturday morning! (We ended up at fabulous Caffè Baci instead.) Fitting to their urban yet down to earth brand, they chose to use letterpress – white ink on a coffee bean brown card stock – to print the tent cards on their table tops. I didn't want to impose my camera on the locals' morning ritual so that means no photos, but I'm sure you can use your imagination with this one!